Hey guys! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! It’s time for another Flashback Friday Figure Addendum! Today, I set my sites back on DC, specially Power Armor Batman from Kenner’s Batman Beyond tie-in line!
In the 90s, the DC Animated Universe was in its prime. Kenner held the license for the toys, and they were doing some pretty great stuff too. Batman: The Animated Series got a great line, with the majority of the characters seeing release. Sure, it wasn’t all winners, but it was a decent line. Superman: The Animated Series came along, and while Kenner didn’t quite have the nice selection that B:TAS had gotten, most of the key characters had been released in their basic looks. And then, there was Batman Beyond. Oh, boy was there Batman Beyond. The show was great, but the toyline released along with it was… strange to say the least. For starters, they never actually released a proper normal Batman, and the supporting cast and villains were pretty much non-existent. They weren’t bad toys per say, but they didn’t do the cartoon justice. Case in point, today I’ll be looking at the line’s release of BB’s alter ego, Terry McGuinness, wearing that red and gray power armor he was so known to wear…
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Okay, officially, this wasn’t a Terry McGuinness figure. He was actually labeled “Power Armor Batman” on the box. Let’s be real here: people didn’t buy this figure because it was “Power Armor Batman,” they wanted the Terry McGuinness head. Anyway, the figure was released in one of the later assortments of the first series of Kenner’s Batman Beyond line. The figure stands a little over 5 inches tall and features 5 points of articulation. Kenner were big fans of the 5 and 5 set-up. From a purely technical standpoint, the sculpted work on the figure is pretty top notch. The circuits in his underlying suit look great, and the head is the spitting image of Terry’s appearance on the show. Stylistically, the figure’s body sculpt is completely wrong for the designs of the show, but it was in keeping with the rest of the line, so at least Kenner was consistent. The paint work is passable, with no real slop or bleed over (though mine has suffered some minor wear). For some reason, they’ve gone with a bright red and gray color scheme. Terry’s Batsuit on the show had red circuitry, so I suppose that’s what they were going for, but the light gray armor is just plain weird. The figure was accessorized with several snap-on armor pieces, a removable helmet, and a robotic bird. It’s red, green and yellow, so maybe they were going for a Robin thing? Yep, according to the package, it’s a strike R.O.B.I.N. Okay then.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Odd variants aside, I was very excited for the Batman Beyond line at the time of its release. I actually recall seeing this figure at the store several months before I actually got one. I saw the figure on a trip to the store with my parents, who told me I’d have to get it some other time. Little did they know that it would end up being one of the harder to find figures in the line. So, months went by, and I just assumed I’d missed my chance at the figure. Then, on another routine trip to the store, I wandered to the toy aisle, where I found this figure, as well as Blight. My parents were more than happy to get them for me this time around. As strange as this line was, I still have a major soft spot for those two figures in particular. Plus, they actually are pretty good toys!
This review was after I’d passed 200, so for all intents and purposes it’s effectively a modern review. It remains the only figure I’ve looked at from this line, a whole 1000 reviews later, which means I’ve yet to get a chance to really touch on how odd this toyline was. I mean, this guy was actually one of the more faithful figures, and he’s still really off. Maybe Kenner was wanting to keep these figures consistent with Total Justice and JLA? It’s odd, because they were still running the TNBA line at this point, so you’d think they’d have wanted the two lines to be compatible, right? I don’t know.
During The Find, I uncovered that damned R.O.B.I.N. sidekick animal thing. It makes about as much sense as the rest of the line, I suppose. I also found one piece of the clip-on armor, but sadly the rest of it’s still missing. Maybe it’ll turn up one day! At least it was the other arm piece, so he looks a little more symmetrical now.
Oh, and there’s another piece of the Me Half of the Equation that I left out initially. I noted that I found Blight at the same time as this figure, after looking for both of them for several months? Well, I actually found Blight first, and eagerly ran back to my parents with him in tow. When I showed him to them, they, in their wisdom that is far beyond mine, suggested that this guy might be there too. So, I went back to the aisle, and, sure enough, someone had cleverly hidden him behind the other, goofier Batman variants. This figure still makes me pretty happy, truth be told, as goofy as he may be!